His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain Holds an Audience. (VIDEO)

On January 31, 2013, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I held an audience with the President of the Gerneralitat de Cataluña, Mr. Artur Mas i Gavarró, at Palacio de la Zarzuela.

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The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam Opens a New Exhibit in Honor of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

HMQB75The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opened a new exhibit this afternoon in honor of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.  Beatrix Regina showcases 30 photos, public and private, of the life and work of Her Majesty.

For more information about the exhibition please click here.

And, finally, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix celebrated her 75th birthday today.   🙂

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH by F.van Beek

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Visits Essex. (VIDEO)

Princess Anne, Princess RoyalOn January 31, 2013, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Essex to attend a “…Church Service to mark the 60th Anniversary of the East Coast Floods at Chelmsford Cathedral…” according to the official website for the British monarchy.

For more information about today’s event please click here.

Click here to watch a video news report.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands Visits a Workshop in Arnhem. (VIDEO)

PssMaximaOn a very rainy and windy day in Arnhem Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands visited the workshop, Reclassering Nederland, on January 31, 2013.

Upon her arrival the Princess was greeted by representatives from Reclassering Nederland and then escorted into the building.  Once inside Princess Maxima was given a tour of the facility, met with staff and those participating in the program.

According to RVD, Reclassering Nederland is a program that, “…focuses on reducing the risk of recidivism behavior of offenders.”  Essentially, it is community service.  Those participating in the program “…refurbish tools for reuse…” The tools are then collected by the volunteer organization, Stichting Gered Gereedschap (Foundation Saved Tool), and sent to various developing countries around the world.

Click here to watch a video

Photo courtesy of RVD/HKH

His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias Attends an Inauguration in Madrid. (VIDEO)

His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias presided over the inauguration of REPSOL’s new company headquarters in Madrid on January 31, 2013.

Upon his arrival the heir to the Spanish throne was warmly greeted by the President of REPSOL, Mr. Antonio Brufau, the Mayor of Madrid, Ms. Anna Botella, and the President of the Community of Madrid, Mr. Ignacio González.

During today’s inauguration Prince Felipe gave a speech, unveiled a plaque commemorating the opening, and was given a tour of the new building where he met with the staff of REPSOL.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Attends a Conference in Namur. (VIDEO)

sovereign His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, along with His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium, attended the 1st Congrès Interdisciplinaire du Développement Durable held at the Palais des Congrès in Namur, Belgium.

According to the official website for the 1st Congrès Interdisciplinaire du Développement Durable the theme and purpose of the conference is to:

“…analyze how the concept of transition ties in with the notion of sustainable development (What are the issues that justify a transition? Which kind of transition and how to put it in place? Is it scientifically, economically, and socially achievable? What are the barriers? What positive experiences are there?) 

The purpose of conference is encourage innovative scientific perspective, promote an interdisciplinary approach, enhance the recognition of scientists working on sustainable development.”

HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium Participates in the Conférence Nationale sur l’Education Financière.

PMathilde Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium participated in the Première Conférence Nationale sur l’Education Financière (First National Conference on Financial Literacy) held at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels on January 31, 2013.

During today’s event the princess gave a speech.  Here is what she had to say:

“Ladies and Gentlemen,

Financial service providers must act always keeping in mind the general interest of their young users. Lack of knowledge, they are often forced to take risks they do not always measure the consequences. It is our responsibility to prevent them from reckless financial decisions that might jeopardize their future, especially as our consumer society encourages them to make such decisions.

More than ever, uncertainty, and our contemporaries are increasingly difficult to manage their money wisely, whether income or expenditure, loans or investments. For this reason, I hope with all my heart that the program that today’s conference is the first step will prove as a catalyst for innovative initiatives that will benefit the groups who really need it.

Let us first to provide our children a secure financial future. They, too, the right to realize their dreams.

I wish you a successful study day.

Thank you.”

News Regarding Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium.

QpaolaPer the Belgian royal court:

Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium, as Honorary President, visited the offices of Child Focus in Brussels this morning.  The Queen also participated in the première of the 10th season ‘Safer Internet Day’ (‘Journée Mondiale pour un Internet plus Sûr’) which starts on February 5. 

This campaign promotes prevention and responsible use of online and mobile technology with the youth. This year’s theme, ‘Connect with respect’ invites those to mobilize around the issue of rights and responsibilities online.”

Judge José Castro Sets Iñaki Urdangarin and His Former Business Partner’s Bail at 8.1 Million Euros. (VIDEO)

On January 30, 2013, Judge José Castro set Mr. Iñaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma, and his former business partner, Mr. Diego Torres, bail at 8.1. million Euros.

According to AFP, the judge, “…issued a written order saying that their goods could be embargoed to make up the full amount if they fail to make the bail [within five days], which he set to reflect their potential financial liabilities in the case.”

The two are accused of embezzlement, fraud, misuse of public funds, and forgery from the non-profit organization they once presided over, Instituto Nóos.

Click here for more information from the Spanish newspaper, ABC.

His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan Visits Bahrain and Kuwait.

HMKAofJordanOn January 29, 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan met with His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.  According to the Jordan Times, Their Majesties discussed, “… bilateral ties and the latest developments in the region, with focus on the Syrian crisis.”  Please click here for more information regarding yesterday’s meeting.

On Wednesday, His Majesty King Abdullah participated in the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait.  Please click here for more information from the Petra News Agency.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco Participates in a Conference at the Université Catholique de Louvain.

prince albert IIOn January 30, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco participated in the conference, Océans, Climat, Alimentation: Les Voies de la Transition Vers un Monde Durable, held at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

During today’s conference the sovereign prince gave a speech entitled, Les Menaces sur la vie des Océans se Précisent. Quels Espoirs pour les Surmonter?, which focused on “…the threats to ocean life and the possible solutions to overcome them.”

Other guest speakers included the Vice-Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and UCL professor, Mr. Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele and the United Nations Rapporteur for the Right to Food, Mr.Olivier De Schutter.

Tomorrow, Prince Albert II, along with His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium, will attend the 1st Congrès Interdisciplinaire du Développement Durable: Quelle Transition Pour nos Sociétés conference held at the Palais des Congrès in Namur.